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The Hartzler’s peaceful midwestern farm had experienced the unimaginable.  Farm emergencies and late night work were nothing out of the ordinary, but bright lights in the sky followed by the Air Force invading and a visit from Project Blue Book officials were events a ten-year old boy (Jerry) would never forget.  Despite two days of investigations by the military and questioning by the local law enforcement, no answers were given… not then nor still to this day.  Finding any information about this sighting is virtually impossible.  Jerry has been told that declassified documents will be made available in 2017, but only time will tell if this actually occurs or not.

Don’t Say A Word…

Days One and Two were eventful to say the least, but what happened on Day Three is what has kept this sighting a mystery still to this day.  Jerry shared with me how 2 men dressed in black suits showed up in a dark sedan.  They spoke briefly with his parents only, and then left.  After their departure, his parents were clearly shaken and disturbed.  They vowed to never speak of the sighting again or entertain questions of what it might have been.  Sadly, they never shared with the family one word the men in black had said to them.  Even on her death-bed, Jerry’s mother refused to divulge the conversation.

Who were these men in black?  Were they from the government?  What did they know?  What did they want?  What had they said.  Why were Jerry’s parents so disturbed, and why did they go their graves keeping the conversation a secret?  The answer is—we don’t know.

Who are the MIB?

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10 MIB Encounters

The “Men in Black” are well known to ufologists.  Decades of MIB documentation abound from all over the world.  As can be expected, some of the MIB encounters have been proven as hoaxes, but the vast majority remain documented facts.  Who are they, and why do they often follow the departure of military investigators and law enforcement officials?  Though featured in many movies over the years, most notably the Men In Black movie series, they remain an unexplained phenomenon.  Psychiatrists may throw out phrases such as “fantasy prone personalities,” or “dissociative states,” and “constructive perception;” debunkers will do their work and describe rational causes; but no one has pinned down the MIB.

Theorists who affiliate UFOs not so much with outer space as with the paranormal suggest that the MIB are a form of demonic psychic energy similar to the poltergeist.  Some have said that the MIB were linked to a branch of the US Air Force Special Activities Centre known as the 1127th Field Activities Group.  This group was said to be comprised of underworld figures who were specialists in lock-picking and intimidation.  However, over the years there have been many US Air Force memorandums written by various high level officials, emphasizing the importance of UFO investigations, and warning military personal to be on the alert for people impersonating military officials who are “approaching local police and other citizens who had sighted a UFO.”  Others argue that the MIB were Tibetan monks who followed the Dalai Lama and the Khamba riders into exile, and placed their yogic powers at the service of the CIA.  This could help to explain why many reports of MIB describe their features as Asian.

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Sadly, much of what we know of UFO’s and the MIB’s is based on speculation due to two things:

  1. Superficial investigations which concentrate on obtaining descriptions of the flying objects rather than studying all the events and factors surrounding the sightings.
  2. Suppression of valuable information, namely the suppression of valuable firsthand information by discrediting eyewitnesses, intimidating them, and burying their testimonies in “classified” vaults.

If you can find any information about the Hartzler Farm UFO Sighting of October 9th, 1967, please contact me.  I’d love to help Jerry find some answers.  Thank you.

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Why I Write About The Paranormal

I read because I enjoy reading.  At any moment, I usually have seven or eight books in various states of completion on my night stand, the kitchen table, and in my shoulder bag.  My wife is always picking them up and asking me if they can be put back on one of my three bookshelves.  She’s become accustomed to my predictable answer:  “Not yet, I’m almost done with that one… and that one… and that one…”

The Thread

My interests are varied, covering the gamut, from history, religion, and physics to poetry, philosophy, and comics.  My taste in movies are just as varied from documentaries to mystery intrigue, and sci-fi.  Oh, and I happen to like Bollywood movies too!  When it comes to books, I just don’t read any book on these numerous subjects.  There’s a common thread that leads me to each one.  Or, as I often feel, this common thread prompts the books (and movies) to find me.

The Alternative Narrative

So, what is this thread, and what happens when you start pulling on it?  I call it “The Alternative Narrative.”  You see, the storyline we commonly know is only a fraction of the whole story.  For instance, threadtake the story of electricity.  Everyone knows of Edison and the light bulb.  However, the story takes on a whole new light when you consider the alternative narrative involving his assistant Nikola Tesla.  If Tesla’s brilliance had not have been subverted and he had gotten the financial backing Edison enjoyed, electricity would look a lot different than it does today.  And, if his visions and life’s dream would have been honored, it would be free too!

The same “Alternative Narrative” can be found with religion’s Desert Fathers and mystic poets, science’s maligned explorers and innovators, history’s conquered native peoples, philosophy’s marginalized thinkers, and with the numerous comic book heroes often based on real-life, counter-cultural people.

Reality & Truth

What I’ve found is there’s a difference between what is real, and what the truth is.  In other words, the reality we know is ever evolving based upon the level of truth we observe and understand.  The greater amount of the truth that is seen impacts and changes the reality we are experiencing.  Do you follow?

Think About It

You think you know who you are, and what your highest potential is.  But as you age and mature, you learn more about who you are, what your primary influences have been, how you’ve limited yourself in the past, and what fears are really irrational and unfounded.  Armed with these truths you evolve and become more than you kn2012-09-24-EyesSidewFearew you could be.  Sadly, most people live trapped in the past, a past constructed by partial storylines and haunting fears.

Reading books and watching movies that highlight the “alternative narrative” help to shake us, and jolt us out of the groove created by general misunderstandings, misrepresentations, and more.  This is why I like writing about pop culture, the paranormal, and the supernatural.  Characters and storylines that have an alternative “other-worldly” dimension allow us to rehearse deeper dimensions of what it means to be alive, as opposed to actually “being alive.”  We are also prompted to explore what our lives could be like… now, and in the approaching future.

For instance, consider the following:

Why Angels?

Angels help us explore the reality that something benevolent is out there beyond our five senses.  It is largely believed that this “secret society” of winged beings is battling unseen opposing forces, all for the sake of aiding humanity.  As far as movies go, we especially like the angel characters who fall for humans, and in a way become more human-like, yet still remain capable of helping us push back the dark forces that threaten us.

Why Zombies?

Zombies are the all-purpose metaphor for something that has gone terrifically wrong.  They help us play out consequences, and explore remedies both present and future.  What’s more, they are perfectly suited as a general satire for those who go through life always feeding, always consuming, but never finding fulfillment and never really living.  Know any zombies?

Why Ghosts?

Ghosts are the oldest paranormal characters in history.  Dating back centuries, stories abound of people working hard to appease the departed spirits so that they don’t return and torment the living.  However, ghost stories are mostly about us than they are the ghosts.  They are about the general fears humanity is haunted by.  Like Dickens’ Scrooge, hopefully we are motivated to not remain haunted, but to become the person we are supposed to be.

Why Vampires?

Vampires allow us to explore the limits of life and death, and the age-old question of what we would be willing to do in order to find peace and fulfillment.  They make us think about our appetites, desires, needs, and wants.  And often, in the case of the vampire’s lust for blood, what we think we want does not measure up to what we would have to do in order to obtain it.  Vampires suck the life out of the living in order to keep living.  Know any vampires?

Why the Paranormal?

Paranormal and supernatural stories help us understand more about ourselves in a way that we cannot do alone with limited human characters and storylines.  Yes, we need the normal, but… WE YEARN FOR THE EXTRA-NORMAL!  From this perspective, its obvious that the paranormal/supernatural will always be with us, as it always has been.  I think the ancients understood this better than we do today.  Certainly, the poet/prophet/creative types would agree with me on this point.  unnamed

The reality is, the alternative narrative is as close to us as our very own subconscious is, and it helps connect us to an ever-present reality that speaks directly to our hearts, and not just to our minds.  It’s this “other-worldly” narrative, which in general, has inspired all the great thinkers, inventors, mystics, prophets, and explorers to pull back the heavy curtains of accepted understanding TO REVEAL THE BEAUTY OF WHAT’S TRULY REAL.  And in turn, it has helped us face our fears, push the limits, and become more… SO MUCH MORE!

This is why I love writing about the paranormal and supernatural.

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Hearing voices, catching glimpses of odd lights and shadows where they don’t belong, getting strange feelings and thoughts that something is going to happen and then it does, are all common experiences. At this point, who doesn’t have a real-story to tell? It makes one wonder if there isn’t something to all this “paranormal” activity? Why is it so prevalent? Could it be increasing in our day and age?

Some are extra-cautious and question if this is even a legitimate conversation, while others appear to be obsessive with the subject, and can’t stop talking about it. Still, others go for years without saying a word, only to reveal their personal encounters quietly and in confidentiality. After all, no one wants to be rejected, or thought of as gullible, emotional, or crazy.

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What does all this mean for the future?

The research shows that there are many conflicting theories about the relationship between religion and the paranormal.

A common assumption is that people outside of mainstream religion are more likely to embrace the paranormal as a substitute set of beliefs.  Others theorize the opposite, stating that religious people who are accustomed to “transcendent” values are more likely to hold paranormal beliefs.  In either case, it’s not a simple task to categorize people and their beliefs, nor do people appreciate being categorized and labeled.

Leading sociologists agree that paranormal beliefs are equally prevalent among both religious and nonreligious persons (with a few exceptions, of course).  Surprisingly, this widespread belief is not the result of popular Reality TV shows or conspiracy theories.  The belief in the paranormal primarily comes from personal, unexplainable encounters.

If you think about it, Reality TV shows get all their programming material from the real life experiences of ordinary, everyday people.  The fact of the matter is obvious, unexplained things happen all the time, everywhere, and with all types of people, whether they be religious or not, and TV programming only serves to mirror this.

After analyzing surveys and polls, researchers predict that by 2050 almost 80% of the American population will report a minimum of one paranormal belief.  In other words, pop culture’s obsession with the supernatural is not going to decrease, but only continue to increase dramatically.

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WILL HOLLYWOOD EVER GIVE UP THE GHOSTS?

Don’t expect producers to do so any time soon.  Paranormal TV series and movies are huge money makers.  Research shows the growing supernatural genre is meeting an increasing curiosity in unexplainable phenomena.

Sociologists Christopher Bader and F. Carson Mencken of Baylor University and Joseph Baker of East Tennessee State University report in their 2011 book Paranormal America that more than two-thirds of Americans have paranormal beliefs.  Leading scholars suggest, with the growth of an immigrant population more open to the paranormal, the pop culture demand for the supernatural is expected to only increase.

However, there are those who have no interest, mainly atheists and conservative Christians.  Though both groups rarely see eye to eye on anything, they both share an ardent disbelief in UFOs, ghosts, psychics, Bigfoot, etc.  Regardless, studies show that nearly half of all Americans believe in these things, including extraterrestrials!

Apart from the obvious group of skeptics, there is a growing majority of spiritual seekers in our generation who are opening their wallets to beliefs, practices, and experiences that are not necessarily respected by accepted science or conventional religion.  Their curiosity is making the paranormal a mainstream topic. “What we can say with certainty is that we live in a paranormal America,” write Bader, Mencken and Baker. “Put another way, the paranormal is normal.”

Author L.A. Emrich’s new book BEYOND THE RABBIT EARS explores America’s pop culture obsession with the paranormal by taking a look at popular music, literature, ancient myths, history, religion, the Bible, mystic poetry, TV shows, and movies.  You’ll be amazed at how much of what people consider “normal” has actually been strongly influenced by the paranormal!

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The Church of the Paranormal

DESPITE OUR REPUTATION AS A SCIENCE-MINED SUPERPOWER, AMERICA HAS ALWAYS HAD A PREDILECTION FOR THE UNSEEN!

Don’t be shy. Depending on your poll of choice, anywhere from a third to nearly half of you either believe in ghosts or are pretty sure you do. And if not ghosts, then aliens, mediums, or astrology, for which belief has either held steady or risen over the last couple of decades. More than two-thirds of Americans hold at least one paranormal—unsanctioned by religion—belief, according to the Baylor Religion Survey. That’s more than voted in the 2012 presidential election.

It’s not just belief: everywhere you look in the United States today, the supernatural is more culturally important, more acceptable, and just … more than it’s ever been before. Paranormal-themed media of all types have surged, in fiction obviously, but also in non-fiction too, where the past few years have brought us everything from The Most Terrifying Places in America to Psychic Tia to The Monster Project. Then there are the Bigfoot hunts, the ghost hunting tool reviews, the UFO spotting iPhone apps—we can’t get enough of this stuff.

This should come as no surprise. Despite our reputation as a science-minded superpower, America has always had a predilection for the unseen. It has ebbed and flowed with us for as long as this nation has existed, in the form of the 18th-century pilgrim mystics, the domesticated poltergeists that knocked on command in the 19th, and even in the academically inclined parapsychologists of the 20th. Whether you believe in these ideas or not is almost immaterial: the paranormal is an inescapable ingredient in the American identity that has shaped and been shaped by our…

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Many a minister has been approached with “ghostly” stories before service, after service, during counseling, in emails and texts, on phone calls late at night, while street-side, at the coffee house, in the hospital, after funerals, everywhere and all the time. And no matter what the Sunday sermon is about, people come to church weekly, find their seats, and sit quietly with the following often on their minds:

  • Why do I keep having the same dream over and over?
  • I’m hearing strange noises at night. Doors open that were closed and locked; lights turn on and off.
  • My son swears his recently deceased wife appeared to him and encouraged him to get on with his life.
  • There’s a new coworker who is convinced she once knew me in a past life. Even though I don’t believe in that sort of thing, I can’t shake the feeling that we did know one another at one time.
  • One night, my uncle was blinded by a bright light. There was no sound; it just appeared, forced him off the road, hovered, and then disappeared in a flash.
  • My cousin is convinced there are aliens, and they’re on the planet right now! I don’t know what to say to her.
  • I’m hooked on a new vampire novel. It’s sucked me in and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. Why do I like vampires so much?
  • My kids are crazy about fantasy movies and games with characters that have various magical superpowers. Actually, I like them too. Should I be concerned? Is this ok?

For centuries the Church has waged battle with these “spiritual” matters. More often than not, the terms “demonic” and “occultic” have been used to both…

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A Ghost Drained My Cell Phone Battery!

WHAT DO THE “REAL” GHOST HUNTERS THINK ABOUT PARANORMAL REALITY TV SHOWS?

Networks that you would think wouldn’t have a paranormal bone in their fabric suddenly had ghost-related programming. GHOST ADVENTURES (TRAVEL CHANNEL), THE HAUNTED (on ANIMAL PLANET because why?) and PARANORMAL STATE (A&E) are but a few of the more popular programs that accompany GHOST HUNTERS on our flat screens. This cash crop of ratings grabbers has created a new breed of television mark that professional wrestling promoters wish they could tap into. This has opened the doors to every type of paranormal, cryptozoic bug hunt possible, with Bigfoot hunting reality shows finding themselves as prolific as ghost hunting now. Too many programs clearly have less than factual intentions in their presentations with some selling staged re-enactments as reality. This has created a huge integrity problem, creating an over saturation of preternatural reality TV programming that is, at the least, giving our urban legends and myths a very bad name; not to mention actually harming the fledgling sciences that are attempting to explain the phenomena’s under study.

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 GHOSTS ARE DRAINING OUR CELL PHONE BATTERIES!

With surprisingly little fanfare, the great question that theologians and philosophers have wrestled with since antiquity has been answered: Our existence definitely, positively does not end with death. The dead hang around the worldly realm so their spirits can be used to power hair dryers and hot tubs.

For details, see “Ghost Asylum,” one of two series beginning on Sunday that add to the already unmanageable list of shows hawking spiritualism of one sort or another. “Ghost Asylum,” on Destination America, follows supposed paranormal experts who call themselves the Tennessee Wraith Chasers as they search for signs of afterlife in assorted haunted locations that once housed psychiatric patients and such. They may be looking for ghosts, but what they find in the premiere is an alternative energy source that could make oil, coal, nuclear fuel and the other polluting power sources obsolete.

The Wraith Chasers — who, by the way, are considerably more entertaining than most other ghost hunters on TV — are in the old War Memorial Hospital in Scottsville, Ky., when they get the strong sense that a spirit has showed up. Among the proof: The battery on one of their cameras loses power, a classic sign of spirit interference.

So stop blaming Apple or Samsung every time your cellphone battery seems to run out prematurely; blame your dear old departed Uncle Fred. In any case, what for another ghost-hunting team might be adversity is, for the Wraith Chasers, opportunity. Brannon Smith, who carries the title of “inventor” for the group, concocts a plan that could revolutionize energy production.

“The theory is that ghosts are feeding off the battery’s energy so that they can try to manifest themselves.” he says. “By using a solar panel, we could reverse this by sucking the spirit’s energy back into a battery.”

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